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Netsurion Appoints Symantec Veteran, Mark Bartig as Senior VP, Sales
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Netsurion recently announced that it has added industry veteran, Mark Bartig, to its team, as the company’s new Senior Vice President of Sales. He previously spent 10 years on the Symantec team, and brings with him years of corporate strategy experience in the SMB space. This was actually the major push for Netsurion to add Bartig to its team. The Houston, TX-based provider of Cloud IT Security services is looking to expand into the SMB space, wherein there is a quickly-growing market opportunity.
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CompTIA Celebrates Mike Brogan with Lifetime Achievement Award
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CompTIA recognized yesterday Mike Brogan, past president and owner of Erb’s Technology Solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for his contributions to the IT channel community with the 2015 “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Brogan has more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, and is recognized nationwide as an expert in how SMBs can use IT for a competitive advantage. “Mike is a well-respected IT services pioneer and true channel ambassador who has built a successful career and exceptional company by staying focused on building meaningful relationships, giving back to his community, peer...
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ClearSlide Offers New Sales and Marketing Solutions
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Sales engagement platform ClearSlide announced today release of ClearSlide Engagement and Follow, new capabilities that allow sales and marketing staff to follow specific engagement-level activities. “ClearSlide Engagement and Follow gives Sales leaders the insights they need to know where to focus their time to close business faster,” said Raj Gossain, VP of Product at ClearSlide. “We designed these features with busy Sales and Marketing execs in mind, giving them unprecedented visibility into seller activity and buyer behavior. ClearSlide Engagement and Follow add to our market-leading Sa...
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Survey Shows SMB Owners Lack Understanding of Funding Opportunities
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Crowdfunding and other alternative funding methods have expanded exponentially, yet a Manta survey revealed about two-thirds of small business owners don’t think enough funding options are available and believe the funding environment has not improved in the past 12 months. "Small business owners have more diverse options today than ever before when it comes to funding their business," Manta CEO John Swanciger said. "However, we're seeing a gap between what's available and the perception among small businesses that the lending environment has not improved. Even though traditional bank loans ...
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I Can’t Wait! Parallels Releases Office 365 APS Package!
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Everyone has had the childhood experience of waiting (impatiently) in a running car outside the house for a parent before you can depart on a journey. I’d offer that’s the position Parallels found itself in recently with Microsoft. Instead of waiting for Microsoft to (finally) issue the APIs necessary for Cloud Solution Providers (CPS) to automatically provision Office 365 customers end-to-end, Parallels has innovated a, well, parallel provisioning tool. Announced last week at the respected Microsoft Hosting and Cloud Summit in Bellevue, WA, the solution will have general availability in Q2 20...
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SkyKick snags a solid via MSFT’s O365 Internal Use Rights Program
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 Finally I can let the cat out of the bag. Seattle-based SkyKick has deftly inserted itself into Microsoft Action Pack (MAPS) and Silver/Gold Partner program motion as a benefit. I’m jealous. Many readers will recall our old SMB PC magazine, that we published for the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) in the 2007-2012 time frame. I tried for the first few years to have the magazine inserted into the quarterly Action Pack mailer, a feat that would have dramatically boosted our circulation. SkyKick has done the impossible and inserted itself into this motion in what I beli...
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Odin
Parallel Lives: Company Spins out New Brand
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This one makes sense. Many people don’t realize that Parallels has two lines of work. Many know Parallels for its early role in desktop virtualization – primarily on the Macintosh platform. Most SMB IT Pros know Parallel’s other line of work – providing a cloud platform ecosystem. The two activities are distinct lines of work and it seemed the synergy, while it existed, was not a leading success factor internally. So Parallels is splitting into two. The new “Odin” brand will house the company’s service provider unit and the cloud platform as we know it. The “Parallels” brand will host the cro...
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Remote Support through Rescue Lens Starts LogMeIn Support-of-Things Push
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LogMeIn, Inc . introduced today Rescue Lens, a video-aided support capability that will join the features of LogMeIn rescue in April 2015. “Remote support has been a tried and true solution for tech service providers due to its ability to help companies quickly resolve issues, boost customer satisfaction and reduce costs. What’s impressive about Rescue Lens is that it opens the doors for virtually every type of service organization to realize the same benefits – to quite literally see and solve customer problems from anywhere,” said John Ragsdale, vice president of technology and social resea...
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Colby-Sawyer College Achieves Continuity Goals with DataCore Software
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DataCore announced today client Colby-Sawyer College achieved its business continuity goals through use of DataCore SANsymphony-V. Key benefits of its adoption of DataCore’s software-defined storage platform include performance and productivity gains, high-level redundancy to reduce downtime and lowered overall cost.
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March Migration Madness Continues: Dell Large Attachments
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It’s incredibly interesting to watch how large OEMs are pivoting into the world of Office 365. Such is the case with Dell’s diversified portfolio strategy to provide solutions, tools and services in addition to hardware. With roots back to its Quest acquisition, Dell has a migration solution that can be used with Office 365. To learn more about Dell’s migration play in Office 365, I sat down with Chad Lindley, Senior Product Manager, Office 365 Migration, Dell. “The On Demand Migration for Email is really about ‘many to Microsoft’ platform mapping.” Lindley offered. “Based on Microsoft Azur...
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Unitrends Achieves 5-Star Success in CRN 2015 Partner Program Guide
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Unitrends, an enterprise-level cloud recovery solution provider, announced today it was awarded a 5-star rating for the second consecutive year in The Channel Company’s CRN 2015 Partner Program Guide. The Partner Program Guide serves as the directory for technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the channel, with 5-star partners comprising an elite subset of companies.
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Microsoft for More Customers and More Devices: Samsung and Microsoft Expand Partnership
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Microsoft Corp. announced today its expanded global partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Samsung plans to pre-install Microsoft services and applications on its portfolio of Android devices and will deliver business productivity apps including a new Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business pack. "Great things happen when you converge services and devices," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. "Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft's productivity services to everyone, on every devic...
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